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Business Risk Mitigation and Strategic Planning for a Cyber Event

Tom Hofmann
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Like most security and intelligence professionals, I’ve seen firsthand how cyber events can give rise to negative consequences for organizations across all sectors. I’ve also come to recognize that while we can certainly learn a great deal from past cyber events, they aren’t necessarily indicative of the threats, actors, or attacks our organizations will face in the future. After all, cybercriminals are continually sharing information and crafting new ways to expand and sophisticate their methods to bypass our defenses. Since we cannot predict when and how each and every cyber event will occur, it’s crucial for us to prepare ourselves by implementing a proactive cyber program — one that incorporates intelligence derived from Deep & Dark Web.

Later this month, I’ll have the honor of speaking at the second annual Cybersecurity Summit for Government Contractors. My presentation, aptly-titled Managing Risk in the Public Sector and Mitigating Threats Using Intelligence Derived from the Deep & Dark Web, will include insights gleaned from my own experience confronting cyber events. Specifically, I’ll  highlight how public sector organizations can incorporate Deep & Dark Web Intelligence into their security and risk strategies. I’ll also discuss how such intelligence can help organizations identify and establish context around relevant threats before they come to fruition.

The Summit, presented by Federal Publications Seminars and NeoSystems, is a one-day broad sweep of how cybersecurity impacts the latest regulatory requirements, organizational risks, and technology challenges in today’s government and commercial landscape. My peers and I will address cybersecurity challenges, discuss corporate leadership awareness, and share proactive strategies to help organizations bolster defenses and safeguard sensitive data.

Public sector organizations in particular — including federal civilian agencies, law enforcement, and defense and intelligence entities — can all benefit from incorporating Deep & Dark Web Intelligence into their security and risk strategies. Comprising underground cyber communities such as password-protected forums and illicit marketplaces, The Deep & Dark Web serves as a critical source for information pertaining to cybercriminal, jihadist and other threat actor TTPs (tactics, techniques and procedures). Organizations can leverage this intelligence to monitor behaviors and emerging trends, many which affect critical infrastructure, policy, and threats to federal programs. Deep & Dark Web Intelligence can also support investigations and prosecutions, military operations, run trend analyses on potential risk exposure and threat landscapes, tipping and lead development, and provide warning of noteworthy geopolitical activity.

In addition to my talk, I’m looking forward to hearing from other industry-leading speakers on topics such as governance, risk and compliance, and the current landscape and future trend of federal government IT acquisition.

The Cybersecurity Summit for Government Contractors will take place on September 27, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. Details and registration information can be found here. If you can’t make it but are interested in learning how Business Risk Intelligence derived from the Deep & Dark Web can help both commercial and public sector organizations mitigate risk, request a meeting with our team here.



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About the author: Tom Hofmann

Tom Hofmann

As VP Intelligence at Flashpoint, Tom Hofmann leads the intelligence directorate that is responsible for the collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of Deep & Dark Web data. He works closely with clients to prioritize their intelligence requirements and ensures internal Flashpoint operations are aligned to those needs. Mr. Hofmann has been at the forefront of cyber intelligence operations in the commercial, government, and military sectors, and is renowned for his ability to drive effective intelligence operations to support offensive and defensive network operations.